uWith our recent revelation it's only 28 more days until the Pens take the ice, we thought why not profile a player a day until camp begins. It may help the days pass and will get us on a regular schedule around here. Plus none of the 34,289,823 other Penguins blogs on the series of tubes has thought of it yet.
We'll start at the top of the list alphabetically, which means unfortunately today's spotlight is on Kris Beech.
28 Profiles in 28 days
Player Name: Kris Beech
How Acquired: Claimed off waivers on 1/26/08
Age: 27 (28 in Feburary)
Contract Situation: $585,000 (free agent after this season)
Last Season Stats: (combined between Columbus, Vancouver and Pittsburgh) 25 games played, 6 goals, 5 assists....In AHL Syracuse 16 gp, 5g, 10 assists
Last Season Write-up: Beech must have set some sort of record in switching teams four times in a 16 day stretch from 10-26 January (from Columbus to Vancouver to Washington to Pittsburgh)....Suffered broken wrist that effectively ended season in mid February...Signed back to the Penguins on a one-year, two-way deal
Career Year Stats: 2006-07 with Washington (64 games played, 8 goals, 18 assists, -11)
Player progressing, in prime or regressing: ?
Expected 2008-09 role: Will compete with Jeff Taffe for the 4th line center job in training camp, the loser could be come the 13th spare forward or be risked to waivers to try to be a scorer at the AHL level.
Potential line-mates: Lower liners like Eric Godard, Matt Cooke, perhaps Janne Pesonen, Tyler Kennedy, Ryan Stone
“Best case scenario” stats: 0 games, 0 goals, 0 assists....(Ok, so that's best case for us fans...Anyways Beech won't be expected to score much but if he is seen in the Pittsburgh lineup it wouldn't be too much to ask he keeps his +/- close to zero and chip in the odd point)
Notes: Former Penguins GM Craig Patrick once said Kris Beech was a "Ron Francis-type" player, which is one of the reasons that Patrick is the former GM.
Interesting fact: The last time Kris Beech scored a goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins was April 10th, 2002.